Work Experience and Industry Placements

Work Experience

This one to two-week work placement can be a great opportunity for you to dip your toes and experience the working world. You will have the chance to understand how organisations work, whilst also developing upon your own confidence and working with other people.

Learning these new skills not only looks great on your CV but could also make you think about a fresh career path for your future.  A large number of students who have successfully completed work experience have progressed onto industry placements (more info below), apprenticeships, and full-time employment once their course has been completed.

If you are an employer interested in taking on a student on work experience, please contact:

Michelle Wheeler, Email: mwheeler@darlington.ac.uk
Phone: 01325503278

Industry Placements

Darlington College are part of a Government pilot scheme for industrial placements.  This has been designed to provide our Level 3 students, across all courses, the opportunity to undertake a 45-day placement as part of their qualification. 

The college has been running this scheme for the last two years and has seen some great success, with a number of well-established local business working in partnership with us to offer our students leading industry experience.  Successful completion of these placements has resulted in students progressing to higher education, apprenticeships, and full-time employment.

If you are an employer, or student, and would like more information please contact the Industry Placement Reviewers below:

Michelle Bishop MBishop@darlington.ac.uk

Phone: 07483 068938 

Industry area: Travel & Tourism, Hair & Beauty, and Business

Helen Robson HRobson@darlington.ac.uk

Phone: 07912 998871

Industry area: Health and Social Care

Nagina Patrai npatrai@darlington.ac.uk

Industry area: Business and Sport

Callum Wilkinson CallumWilkinson@darlington.ac.uk

Phone:  07483 068931

Industry area: Engineering, Digital & IT

T-Levels

T levels are a brand new, two-year technical qualification, bringing classroom learning and an extended industry placement together.  They have been designed alongside businesses and employers in order to provide our young people with the skills needed for a successful career in a skilled profession.

Students will spend 80% of their time in the classroom and 20% on an industry placement.  Aligned to apprenticeship standards, they offer a path to higher and degree apprenticeships as well as continued study at university or straight to work.

Darlington College is one of the select providers of this new qualification within the North East and will be offering the pioneering qualification from September 2022.